Bon Iver, ‘Beth/Rest’

Bon Iver recently put out the ‘deluxe’ edition of this year’s very fine album Bon Iver. One of the bonuses is a DVD with videos of every song on the record, including the somewhat divisive last track “Beth/Rest.” To me this song was a lovely melody, pink cellophane wrapped in overwrought production that seemed straight out of a tender love scene in a cheesy romantic cop action drama in from the late ’80s or early ’90s. Turns out I wasn’t that far off.

This is practically how I pictured this song in my head, only in my version there’s more making out. Next to a fire place. On top of a leopard skin rug. On a mountain. While Michael Brecker plays sax. On a motorcycle. In heaven. In 1992.

Still, joking aside, I think there is a great song buried within all this sheen.

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